KNOXVILLE (WATE) – An Alabama judge has ordered Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam to testify in a civil lawsuit, three years to the day following the raid of the truck stop giant’s Knoxville headquarters in the rebate scheme.
Court documents say Haslam is expected to testify on May 11 in Knoxville in the lawsuit involving Wright Transportation, based in Mobile, Alabama. The company’s suit was recently moved from federal court to Alabama state court. Other trucking companies have already settled with Pilot in a multi-district federal case with a $56 million payout. Pilot also paid a $92 million fine to the federal government.
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Several former employees including former president Mark Hazelwood were charged with fraud and witness tampering in early February. According to the indictment, the charges are related to a multi-million dollar scheme where the employees tricked trucking companies into thinking they were getting fuel rebates. The indictment claims the employees were really raking in the extra commission.
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